110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
City inks new contract with Bulldog Boosters
By Jen Horton
posted Jul 19, 2013 - 11:47:42am
In 2010, the DeLand High School Bulldog Boosters started charging for parking in lots around Spec Martin Memorial Stadium, for Bulldog football games.
The Boosters used the money to pay the City of DeLand for the rights to run the concession at Spec Martin. Concession sales are a major fundraiser for athletic programs at DeLand High.
This year, with Stetson University football returning to the stadium, the Boosters and the city are trying a different approach.
The Boosters will get concession rights for both Bulldogs football games and Hatters football games, but they won't have to pay upfront.
Instead, a percentage of the money made at the concession stand will be given to the city: 7 percent of gross sales up to $80,000, and 10 percent of sales above that.
Parking for DeLand High School football games will again be free.
The Boosters will also get the right to sell advertising on the video scoreboard for DeLand High events, and will pay the city 15 percent of that revenue.
The new opportunities for the Boosters to make money will mean free parking again for the fans, and no need for Boosters to stand at parking-lot entrances collecting $5 from each car.
"The Boosters didn't want to do parking again," DeLand Parks and Recreation Director Rick Hall said.
Hall explained the new contract to the DeLand City Commission July 15.
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